Adam Smith

Bank: National Bank of Scotland

Place of work: Edinburgh West End branch

Died: 2 October 1918


Adam Davidson Smith was born in Edinburgh on 6 October 1888, the son of Adam Davidson Smith, a chartered accountant, and his wife Ada Bewley Smith. In February 1906, when he was 17 years old, he went to work for National Bank of Scotland as an apprentice at its Edinburgh Portobello branch. In September 1909 he became a clerk at Edinburgh West End branch.


Early in the First World War Smith left the bank to go on military service, initially as a Private in the Royal Scots (Lothian Regiment). He was posted to the Balkans in May 1915. In May 1917 he was commissioned into the Royal Scots, and by 1918 had risen to the rank of Captain.


Captain Smith was killed in action on 2 October 1918, a few days before his 30th birthday.


Adam Smith is commemorated on a bank war memorial at Gogarburn campus, Edinburgh

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